Sacred (Patrick Kenzie/Angela Gennaro Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Apr 2003
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Dennis Lehane won a Shamus Award for A Drink Before the War, his first book about working-class Boston detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. His second in the series, Darkness, Take My Hand, got the kind of high octane reviews that careers are made of. Now Lehane not only survives the dreaded third-book curse, he beats it to death with a stick. Sacred is a dark and dangerous updating of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, as dying billionaire Trevor Stone hires Kenzie and Gennaro to find his daughter, Desiree. Patrick's mentor, a wonderfully devious detective named Jay Becker, has already disappeared in St Petersburg, Florida, while working the case, so the two head there to pick up a trail. Desiree, of course, is nothing like the sweet and simple beauty described by her father, and even Chandler would have been amazed by the plot twists that Lehane manages to keep coming.
"[A] stellar effort...The punishing pace and internal plot logic perform in perfect tandem...Lehane proves he belongs in the big leagues with another gritty and surpassingly entertaining mystery" (Publishers Weekly)
"[Dennis Lehane] turns the hard-boiled detective novel into an elegiac treatise on the corruption of the soul. With the wonderfully written Sacred, he shows that he gets better each time out" (Michael Connelly)
"With its tight dialogue, explosive action scenes and heart wrenching emotional crises, Sacred is difficult to put down" (The Times)
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Top Customer Reviews
At the risk of repeating myself, this book is fantastic and if you haven't read a Kenzie & Gennaro novel, what are you waiting for?
This book takes us out of the seamier side of Boston and isn't as dark as Lehane's last two novels. Though this one is a little lighter in tone, it's still full of the twists and turns we've come to expect from Lehane and, like his last two books, this one too is worth every one of those five stars.
Review submitted by Captain Katie Osborne
The investigation takes them to Florida where, in spite of the sunshine and pastel colours, the darkness gathers.
The Catholic themes of the earlier Kenzie-Gennaro novels are less emphasized in this book. In their place there is a fast moving and exceptionally twisty story, where little is what it initially seems, and Patrick and Angie only have each other to depend on.
Anyway, this being said, it is a great story and I enjoyed it. Angie and Pat are so much fun, like good friends, and all Lehane books I've read so far have been a joy to go through (in a few riveted hours). This one is no exception. Recommended.
We meet Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. Patrick is a Private Detective and Angie is his partner both in work and love. They have taken a bit of time off work and are re-discovering their relationship. To their surprise they are kidnapped and taken to the home of Trevor Stone. When they arrive they are asked by Trevor to take on a case for a fee. Desiree Stone, Trevor's daughter, has been missing for three weeks and he needs her to be found. Jay Becker, one of Patrick's old friends, was also sent to find Desiree but he too has gone missing. Patrick and Angie take on the case and find themselves trapped in the middle between truth and lies. The problem is they aren't too sure who the predator is, and who the prey is. The case takes them from Boston to Florida and along the way they get caught up in a company called Grief Release. They just need to figure out where they fit in to the bigger picture.
This book truly had me gripped from the very first chapter to the very last. Lehane has a style of writing that is unlike others I read. The two characters in this book have also featured in Prayers for Rain and I believe they also feature in follow on books too. What I loved is that although Patrick and Angie are doing a serious job there is a slight undertone of very sarcastic humour between them which makes for fantastic reading. The story itself was very strong, yet intricate but doesn't fail to keep your interest. I was kept guessing until the very end and couldn't have asked to read a better book. As I have only read one other Lehane book, I will continue to read his work as it is an absolute joy. I would highly recommend that if you haven't tried Dennis Lehane then you start now!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hi, read this book on holiday and it was a good gripping story.Published 1 month ago by Colin W. H. Booth
Not finished it yet but up to the standard of the previous two kenzie and gennaro books I have readPublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer